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Works by prom­i­nent Cal­i­for­nia artists lead John Moran Auc­tion­eers’ Oc­to­ber 23 sale of fine art

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Works by prom­i­nent Cal­i­for­nia artists lead John Moran Auc­tion­eers’ Oc­to­ber 23 sale of fine art

Mon­rovia, Cal­i­for­nia-based John Moran Auc­tion­eers will host its sec­ond Cal­i­for­nia & Amer­i­can Fine Art auc­tion of 2018 on Oc­to­ber 23.The sale will fea­ture just fewer than 200 works of art, with the ma­jor­ity be­ing from notable Cal­i­for­nia artists.there will be a num­ber of pieces fea­tur­ing the vast land­scapes of the state, while other Cal­i­for­nia artists’ works de­pict far­ther­away lands.

One such work is Mil­lard Sheets’ 1988 painting Late Af­ter­noon Moon on the Nile, de­pict­ing two peo­ple rid­ing camel­back along the moon­lit banks of the Nile.the work, es­ti­mated to achieve be­tween $30,000 and $40,000, is one of sev­eral from the estate of Sheets that has been con­signed by a fam­ily mem­ber.

Among the sights closer to home is Edgar Payne’s plein air Sierra Ne­vada scene of Jones Peak that has a pre­sale es­ti­mate of $40,000 to $60,000. Morgana Black­welder, head of the Amer­i­can art depart­ment at John Moran, says, the sub­ject mat­ter is “al­ways a throw­back to the way what drew peo­ple to Cal­i­for­nia and what keeps them here. It’s that moun­tain majesty, if you will, with na­ture be­ing grand and ac­ces­si­ble to every­one.” Coastal and eu­ca­lyp­tus tree paint­ings are also prom­i­nent in the auc­tion, high­light­ing the va­ri­ety of the Cal­i­for­nia ter­rain. Elmer Wach­tel’s Trees in a coastal land­scape (est. $3/5,000) is a Carmel coast scene painted in what Black­welder calls a “quaint size.” She adds that the di­men­sions “open the door to new col­lec­tors of his work, or es­tab­lished col­lec­tors who do not have the room for mon­u­men­tal pieces.” A wa­ter­color sketch of Yosemite rock for­ma­tion El Capitan by Thomas Moran also will come to mar­ket.the piece is es­ti­mated at $5,000 to $7,000. Al­fred Mitchell’s In Yosemite is an­other work that cap­tures the grandeur of the gran­ite rock for­ma­tions, and it car­ries the same pre­sale es­ti­mate as the Moran. Mau­rice Braun’s Moun­tain and Lake (est. $10/15,000) is a view of the San Diego reser­voir Lake Hodges.“the

work is in a more charm­ing size that al­lows it to be added to any col­lec­tion,” says Black­welder.“it’s stylis­tic and has a very par­tic­u­lar color palette. His brush­work is very in­trin­sic to him and his style of painting. I think that this size trans­lates into a price point that can be added to a more up-and-com­ing col­lec­tor of Cal­i­for­nia works. Be­ing site-spe­cific en­dears it to a spe­cific re­gion of Cal­i­for­nia or buyer that maybe has a home there. It’s a great ex­am­ple by the artist and ex­actly what you hope to see.”

Most fa­mous for his ar­chi­tec­tural scenes of San Francisco and Chi­na­town, Theodore Wores will be rep­re­sented in the auc­tion by a work that ex­em­pli­fies his plein air style. Coast Near Santa Bar­bara, from 1905, de­picts the lupines and trees of the re­gion. Black­welder says,“this is look­ing at the op­po­site spec­trum of why he loved the area.” The work, which was com­pleted shortly af­ter his re­turn from trav­els to Hawaii, Samoa and Spain, is ex­pected to sell be­tween $10,000 and $15,000. Other works in the sale in­clude

Joe Dun­can Glea­son’s U.S. Fri­gate Con­sti­tu­tion (est. $4/6,000), which was one of six orig­i­nal fri­gates au­tho­rized for con­struc­tion by the U.S. Navy; Paul Lau­ritz’s South­ern Cal­i­for­nia barn (est. $5/7,000); a painting of a bird hunter and his dog by Arthur B. Frost that has a pre­sale es­ti­mate of $10,000 to $15,000; and Gene Kloss’ Spring’s Around the Cor­ner, which is a semi­ab­stract land­scape that also has an es­ti­mate of $10,000 to $15,000.

“We are al­ways striv­ing to pro­vide a buy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for col­lec­tors at all price points, with solid works by known Cal­i­for­nia and Amer­i­can artists that re­ally with­stand the test of time,” says Black­welder.“their sub­ject and qual­ity are a time-hon­ored tra­di­tion of cel­e­brat­ing the beauty of the coun­try.”

Mau­rice Braun (1877-1941), Moun­tain and Lake. Oil on can­vas, 24 x 20 in. Es­ti­mate: $10/15,000

Paul Lau­ritz (1889-1975), South­ern Cal­i­for­nia barn. Oil on can­vas laid to can­vas, 32¼ x 36¼ in. Es­ti­mate: $5/7,000

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